There are still over 100 rabbits at the Bernalillo County Animal Care and Resource Center in Albuquerque, after the county’s Animal Care Services department seized 169 of the prolific breeders.
The rabbits were picked up in January in an Albuquerque neighborhood, where they were seen running loose by neighbors. At least a dozen rabbits ended up at Moriarty Animal Control, where they were quickly adopted out, after being checked out at Vista Larga Animal Hospital.
East Mountain Companion Animal Project set up a fundraiser to help cover the cost of spay and neuter services through their facebook page.
As of this week, Bernalillo County Animal Care Services is ready to adopt out the remaining 100 rabbits.
Moriarty Animal Control Officer Chelsea Worley told The Independent at the time that four rabbits at an Albuquerque home bred out of control because the males and females were penned together. That resulted in nearly 200 rabbits in a short period of time.
According to Larry Gallegos, spokesperson for Bernalillo County Animal Control, the rabbits were surrendered and its was “not necessarily a hoard situation.”
Gallegos said, “Rabbits breed fast and have large litters. They are also very territorial and will fight if they are in an enclosed space.”
Domestic rabbits wean their young at about 21 days old, while in the wild rabbits often leave the nest around 14 days old. Does can begin breeding immediately after weaning, and one pair of rabbits can result in 250 rabbits in three generations.
Anyone wishing to adopt a rabbit is encouraged to visit bernco.gov/animal-care-services and fill out a rabbit adoption interest card. Bernalillo County Animal Care Services staff will then contact those people to make an appointment to come into the facility.
Bernalillo County Animal Care Services is following the governor’s order by requiring all visitors, including children, to wear a mask and practice social distancing while at the shelter.